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WATCH: Jersey Airport turns 80

The most southern airport in the British Isles celebrated a very special birthday yesterday.

For eighty years, Jersey Airport has been a vital link for islanders getting them to the UK and for tourists coming to visit.

Staff didn't let the fog overshadow celebrations.

Watch Daniel Skipp's report here:

Alderney to subsidise air fares for tourist events

Alderney Airport

The States of Alderney will subsidise flights to and from the Island for major tourism events.

£50,000 will be spent on the initiative, funding which had been earmarked to underwrite the cost of 2,400 seats.

But at the February People’s Meeting, new Policy and Finance Chairman, Robert McDowall, revealed that the extra seats deal could be replaced with a subsidised fare initiative, which it is hoped will attract visitors to the Island.

Jersey Airport responds to flight delay criticism

Jersey Airport. Credit: ITV News

Staff at Jersey Airport will "seek to understand" why a "less than satisfactory" number of flights to and from the airport are being delayed.

But in a statement released today, the Group Commercial Director of the Ports of Jersey said many factors out of their control can lead to flight delays.

These include weather conditions:

While it is encouraging to see Jersey Airport included in this CAA report we are disappointed by its findings that indicate less than satisfactory flight punctuality and will now seek to understand the drivers of these figures and what we may be able to do to assist our airline partners in making any necessary improvements.

Our airline partners and their respective agents who handle all ground arrangements on their behalf work tirelessly to ensure aircraft operate to schedule. However, despite their best efforts a number of factors beyond their control can impact operations, resulting in delays to services.

These include aircraft technical issues, occasional ramp congestion, especially at busy times and significantly for an island airport, inclement weather conditions, which we are susceptible to throughout the year.

Jersey Airport prides itself on the high level of customer care we provide to our passengers, demonstrated by the regular positive ratings we receive from our customer satisfaction surveys.

Furthermore, it appears that judging by the comments posted on social media sites today by many people, Jersey passengers are understanding of the restraints we often face”.

– Myra Shacklady, Group Commercial Director for Ports of Jersey

The report into flight punctuality was released today by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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